Influenza (the flu) is a potentially serious disease that puts people in the hospital every year. In some cases, it can even be fatal.
Every flu season, the strain is different – and the infection brings with symptoms that can affect people differently. You don’t necessarily need to be run down or have a compromised immune system to get the flu. It’s important to protect your health by getting a flu shot every year. It is the best way to reduce the likelihood that you will get sick.
At Florida Health Care Plans, we put you and your family first. Starting Sept. 1, 2016, we are offering a free flu shot to ALL FHCP members. All you have to do is show up to any one of our FHCP facilities (minus Holly Hill) to get your shot today. Feel free to call our flu shot hotline at 1-866-281-5812 for more information as well.
Who Should Get A Flu Shot
Everyone who is over six months of age should be vaccinated against the flu annually. If you are at high risk for complications from the flu, it’s particularly important that you get your vaccination. People in this category include:
- Pregnant women
- Children younger than five, especially children younger than two years old
- Adults 65 years of age or older
- American Indians and Alaskan Natives
How Flu Vaccines Work
The seasonal flu vaccine that is available will protect you from the strain that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season. Once you get your flu shot, it causes antibodies to develop in your body. This process takes about two weeks after you receive your vaccination. The antibodies protect you against infection.
Where To Get A Flu Shot
Flu vaccinations are available in several different locations. You can get your flu shot at your doctor’s office, a clinic or a pharmacy. Some employers and schools provide flu shots to employees, students and staff. You can also get vaccinated at an urgent care center, college health center or a health department.
Since it takes a couple of weeks before the flu shot takes effect, don’t wait to get your shot. The sooner you get it, the sooner you can be protected from this potentially serious disease.